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Parade success blueprint for Alpena

December 2, 2014 Did you see this year’s Bolenz Jewelry Holiday Parade? I say this every year, but this year had some of the best entries I’ve seen yet. more »»

Obama needs to name and support forward thinking Secretary of Defense

December 2, 2014 President Barack Obama’s third secretary of defense, Chuck Hagel, is resigning. more »»

Make sure toy guns are seen as toy guns

December 1, 2014 Twelve-year-old Tamir Rice of Cleveland probably would be alive today had he not brandished a realistic-looking gun when challenged by a police officer. more »»

Enjoy the beauty of Christmas

November 29, 2014 There is something special about Christmas trees. Perhaps it is the sparkle from the twinkling lights. Maybe it is the beauty of each ornament. more »»

Is report’s change the right way to go?

November 29, 2014 Let’s face it, we’re lazy. Human nature is such that when faced with two options to arrive at a solution, we’re always going to opt for the easiest of the route. more »»

The Christmas season is in full swing

November 29, 2014 The Christmas season has begun in earnest, though somehow it seems like it never really leaves anymore. more »»

ARMC can help with medical care needs, recovery at home

November 29, 2014 The last thing you want when you are injured, sick, or recovering from surgery is to be away from your home and the ones you love. more »»

The outdoorsmen’s Super Bowl

November 28, 2014 We all understand that “timing is everything.” Thus, Department of Natural Resources officials were excited when the traditional Nov. 15 start to firearms deer season fell on a Saturday this year. more »»

Remember and give thanks for reasons we are blessed to live in NE Michigan

November 27, 2014 On Nov. 26, 1789 — 225 years ago Wednesday — President George Washington proclaimed the day as the first nationwide thanksgiving celebration. more »»

There’s much to be thankful for

November 26, 2014 Well, it’s Turkey Day already. When you think about it, this holiday got off to a dubious start. more »»

Obama playing bully in chief instead of acting presidential

November 26, 2014 Beating the will of the people to the punch is not part of the job description for presidents of the United States. Neither is altering or hamstringing laws with which a chief executive disagrees. more »»

NE Michigan’s hunting culture

November 25, 2014 During my first year away at Michigan State University I was shocked to learn that students didn’t get Nov. 15 off from school. It seemed blasphemous to me, having come from Northeast Michigan. more »»

Green energy plant doesn’t live up to the hype

November 25, 2014 “Green” energy sources such as solar and wind power are the answer to all our needs, ultra-liberals claim. more »»

Wind energy industry has dirty little secret

November 24, 2014 It turns out alternative energy companies, supposedly kinder than kind to Mother Nature, have some dirty not-so-little secrets. At least one of them wants to keep it that wa. more »»

Who will make medical decisions for you?

November 24, 2014 People are living longer today than ever before, often for many years with severe mental or physical illness. more »»

Subcommitte report shows need to rein in Wall Street

November 24, 2014 Recently my Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations held the final hearing I will hold as its chairman and one of the most important. more »»

Pettalia in power position in House

November 22, 2014 Even today debate still continues in Lansing whether term limits are a good control state residents have on the legislature, or a bad idea that breeds frustration and undue lobbyist influence on... more »»

Take extra steps to help prevent passing illnesses

November 22, 2014 While Alpena Public School officials are closely monitoring two cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, at Besser and Ella White elementary schools, they are but two of several cases across northern... more »»

Questions, Anyone?

November 22, 2014 Chippewa Hills History Q. Readers have asked about the history of Chippewa Hills. A. more »»

Take back control

November 22, 2014 At the first sign of snowflakes, my kids were in an excited frenzy about having a snow day from school. They were wrong. more »»



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